The Jerusalem Post reports: Israel’s navy successfully completed a complex training program last week led by a flotilla of missile boats, including both defensive and offensive attacks at sea, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced Wednesday.
In the first part of the training, a drone believed to be posing a threat similar to that of a missile on a gas rig was successfully intercepted by the Barak-8 naval air-defense system after it was identified by the ship’s monitor. In the second scenario that was practiced on the same day, a naval target simulating an enemy ship was attacked and successfully destroyed by a pair of naval cruise missiles launched from the Lahav and Yachid ships.
The ship in the first drill, a Sa’ar-4.5, was recently upgraded with new detection, observation and electronic warfare systems. One of the systems, the “Magal Esh” radar, greatly improves the detection and tracking capabilities of the ship by its ability to simultaneously scan a number of targets both at sea and in the air.
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